To help our physicians make a timely and accurate diagnosis, Community Hospital has a wide variety of sophisticated diagnostic capabilities. These include:
This valuable service which includes up-to-date spiral technology is available for both routine exams and emergency needs for requested body imaging.
The ultrasound department provides complete abdomen and OB/GYN services.
Cardiac and vascular ultrasound are available on a scheduled basis.
Community Hospital's digital breast mammography system is one of the most effective methods of detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages. Crystal clear images appear on a computer screen within seconds, revealing expansive diagnostic possibilities for your unique situation.
A digital mammogram is so beneficial:
• Shorter exam times
• Faster results
• Lower radiation dose
• Wider perspective and field of vision
• Images can be enhanced to assist in proper diagnosis
• Better for women with dense breast tissue, implants, and/or known abnormalities
Our dedicated mammography unit, staffed by female technologists, is located in a beautiful and comfortable mammography suite. For more information on mammography and breast cancer see our Health Library featuring Krames Online, the most up-to-date patient education resource.
Nuclear medicine is the use of very small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose disease. Nuclear medicine can provide accurate images that aid in the study of organs and tissues and how they work. The scans are safe with about the same risk as a common X-ray. Only tiny amounts of a short-lived radioactive material is used. It can help detect a wide variety of conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis and infection.
General Radiography (X-ray) and Fluoroscopy
General Radiology is available for routine and emergency services. Fluoroscopy (live images) of body parts, are particularly useful in visualizing things such as the gastrointestinal tract.
Teleradiology allows the transmission of images to doctors at a remote site for interpretation 24 hours a day.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (or MRI)
Our permanent MRI unit, a Siemens 1.5T Magnetom Essenza, provides more detailed high-field images for physicians, and more pleasant, faster MRI exams for our patients.
It has one of the shortest designs available, allowing more patients to be scanned with their heads outside the unit to ease claustrophobia.
Highly detailed images provide physicians accurate results for a wide range of healthcare needs - from orthopedic and sports-related injuries to cancer testing and more.
Mobile PET/CT services are available at Community Hospital every other Monday. This eliminates the need for patients to travel far distances to receive this state-of-the-art technology, which is primarily utilized in cancer treatment to determine the location and extent of tumor growth.
Community Hospital bone densitometry service helps in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Service
An up-to-date procedure for breast biopsies that is less invasive than conventional surgical biopsy.
The lab provides 24-hour service in the areas of blood bank, chemistry, therapeutic drug monitoring, bacteriology, hematology, urinalysis, serology, and coagulation.
This department provides services for inpatients and outpatients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services include aerosol therapy, oxygen therapy, EKG's, holter monitoring, pulmonary function testing, pulmonary rehab and advanced life support including ventilator management.
Diagnostic tests include:
The ECG (also known as EKG) is a test that records electrical signals from your heart onto a paper strip. The pattern of these signals can help tell the doctor whether your heart is normal, under stress, or experiencing electrical problems, strain, or damage.
Holter monitoring is a painless way to record your heartbeat away from the doctor’s office. It is a small electrocardiogram (ECG) that you carry with you. Holter monitoring records your heartbeat for your doctor to review at a later time. You can receive your heart monitor in a hospital, test center, or doctor’s office.
Pulmonary Function Tests
Pulmonary function tests (also called PFT or lung function tests) help measure how well your lungs are working. The tests measure the amount of air you breathe out (exhale) and how long it takes for you to exhale completely. These tests are done to diagnose lung conditions such as asthma and COPD. They may be done before and after you take certain medications. They may also be used to find out whether your shortness of breath gets worse with exercise. Over time, pulmonary function tests can help you and your healthcare providers see how well your treatment is working.
Do you often have problems sleeping? Do you feel tired most days of the week? Talk to your health care provider or a sleep specialist. He or she may suggest that you have a sleep study. It can help diagnose a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea or narcolepsy. During the study, a special machine is used to monitor your sleep. Our off-campus sleep laboratory, Community Hospital Sleep Services, is located at Southview Plaza, 801 West C Street, Suite 3, McCook.